The writing on the wall makes it seem that Mike D’Antoni will be the next head coach of the Houston Rockets, but a dark horse candidate has emerged.

Stephen Silas, who has been an assistant with Charlotte’s organization since 2010, has been granted a second interview for the Rockets gig and reportedly made a strong impression during his first sitdown with the team’s front office brass. Silas, 42, is the son of NBA legend Paul Silas and has worked in and around the league in various positions since ’99. If he doesn’t get the head job, Silas may become D’Antoni’s top assistant.

Woj and The Vertical had the story first:

While this is considered an interview for the head-coaching job, Silas isn’t the top assistant in Charlotte, and the Rockets could make a play to hire Silas to join D’Antoni as his top assistant, sources said. Patrick Ewing is the associate head coach in Charlotte, so it is conceivable – if Houston doesn’t want to usurp D’Antoni in the process – that the Rockets make a run at Silas to be the team’s top assistant coach.